The ongoing investigation of two bodies found Tuesday in a burned vehicle in Manor Township has resulted in charges against an Upper Leacock Township man – who, at the time of this release, remains wanted.
Ezequiel B. Almodovar, 36, was charged Wednesday afternoon with two counts of homicide regarding the deaths of two men found in the burned vehicle.
The two decedents are believed to be Jonathan Rivera and Eugenio Morales-Torres, based on evidence and input from relatives. The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office is working to officially confirm the identities.
Autopsies are expected later this week.
Almodovar, of Hunsecker Road, is a wanted fugitive and believed to be armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is asked to call East Lampeter Township police at 717-291-4676, or submit a tip online via CrimeWatch.
Almodovar is presumed innocent.
The investigation of the deaths has involved numerous local agencies, to include East Lampeter Township police, Manor Township police, Pennsylvania State Police, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office.
Investigators determined Rivera and Morales-Torres were shot on Monday evening at Almodovar’s home at 1575 Hunsecker Road.
After being shot, both men were placed in the bed of Morales-Torres’ pickup truck. The truck was then driven to a farm lane on Charlestown Road and set on fire.
A woman who was an acquaintance and relative of the dead men contacted police Monday night and said the men were missing. The men had gone that day to visit “Zeke” (Almodovar’s nickname), police were told.
East Lampeter Township police went to Almodovar’s home, initially early Tuesday morning. Police gathered evidence outside the home and, later, during a search of the residence.
Lancaster County-Wide Communications received a report of a vehicle fire at the Manor Township location Tuesday morning about 6:40 a.m. Police determined that fire scene was connected to the shootings.
The two burned bodies were in the bed of the truck. A Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal determined the fire to be arson.
Police determined the burned truck belonged to Morales-Torres.
Almodovar is also charged with arson, tampering with evidence, and two counts of abuse of a corpse.
The investigation remains active. While no further charges have been filed at this time, police are investigating whether anyone else was involved in these criminal acts.
“This is a comprehensive investigation involving multiple crime scenes and numerous locations of interest in Lancaster County,” District Attorney Heather Adams said Wednesday. “The collaboration between law-enforcement agencies once again was outstanding and aided in the identification of Almodovar as being involved in the deaths of these two men.”
Assistant District Attorney Christopher E. Miller and First Assistant District Attorney Todd E. Brown consulted with police during the investigation and charging process.
We appreciated the patience of the public and media as investigators worked multiple incident locations to determine what took place.
(As stated earlier, we have found nothing to indicate these crimes are related to any previously existing investigations.)
We will provide updates on the investigation, and Almodovar’s whereabouts, as appropriate.
We are respectfully requesting the media refrain from naming any witnesses (should that information become known) so not to endanger anyone, nor jeopardize the active ongoing investigation.
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